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[TowerTalk] sheet bends, carrick bends, and dead sparrows

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Subject: [TowerTalk] sheet bends, carrick bends, and dead sparrows
From: "Jim Jarvis" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 00:58:30 -0000
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TT never ceases to amaze me.  After 50 years of sailing
(no kidding) I learned a new knot.  Not sure how I'll use
it, just yet...but the whole discussion about a doubled
figure 8 knot....and the site references....were quite

Bottom-lining the discussion, though....the doubled figure
8 seems to be a loop, and not appropriate to joining two
lines.  Unless there is another knot which bends two lines
together, using a figure 8 knot.

I'm wondering about a "doubled sheet bend"'s not quite
the same as a figure 8, and the canonical wisdom is that it's
for ropes of different diameters...  but a DOUBLED one for 
bending two lines together?  Most interesting question.  I'm
going to try it tomorrow and see what I discover.  

Questions about strength of a bowline vs. whatever it is...
(when we finally determine the answer)....I'll still tie two
bowlines looped through each other, when my life is on the
line.  At least, until someone shows me reason to change.

Anyone out there actually USED a sheepshank on a climbing
line which was their only means of support?   Yeah, you can
shake it out and save your rope...but you really don't want
to be bouncing on your way down!

This is a much more interesting topic than bird kills.
(Or Balun kills...I've fried four in the last week!  And I 
even modelled the reason.)



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